‡ For 2 years plus taxes, equip. charges & other fees. Speeds .5-1Mbps, 1.1-3.1-7 or 7.1-15 Mbps. Verizon home phone service required.
Verizon operates a DSL network in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, covering New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Virginia. It also offers service in Washington, DC. Although this area is smaller than that covered by other ISPs, Verizon’s network is widespread in these states, with coverage reaching from urban centers to more rural areas.
Verizon is rapidly expanding its fiber network and is aggressively encouraging its DSL customers to upgrade, including many who don’t want to.3 Although fiber is a much faster technology, there are some advantages to DSL, such as the lower monthly cost.
DSL can also remain operational during blackouts, much like the telephone system it’s based on (although you still need a battery to keep your modem and router working). Since blackouts can be common in both older neighborhoods and areas with frequent hurricanes, many Verizon customers have been fighting to keep DSL connections functioning.
Although the days of Verizon’s DSL network may be numbered, it’s still a viable choice with wide availability on the East Coast.